Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Aging in oak barrels for 6 months gives this beer an uncommon smoothness and richness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
2008 vintage. I’ve been storing this one for four years and decides Xmas Eve was as good a time as any to finally open it. Pours a very cloudy, dark golden amber color with dark orange edges and a two finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Vinous aroma with a strong barrel presence that’s nicely integrated into the elements of the base beer. Strong toasted oak character along with vanilla, rye whiskey and calvados brandy notes. Pretty complex and similar to an oak aged barley wine with hints of leathery malt, toffee, caramel and dark fruits. Some spicy rye and apple lingering underneath the barrel notes as well as hints of plum, raisin and fig. Very nice! Medium bodied with surprising amount of carbonation considering it’s age and high ABV. As in the aroma, it feels more like a barrel aged old ale/barley wine. Complex barrel character with combination of virgin oak, whiskey and brandy barrel flavors. Toasted and slightly toothpick-y with dry oak, spicy rye whisky, and apple and brandy notes. Zesty spice compliments the spicy rye notes before being countered by sweet and earthy malts, bready yeast and dark fruit sweetness. Strong barrel presence but it doesn’t overpower the base with hints of toffee, caramel apple, fig, plum, currants and dark cherries. There’s a decent amount of alcohol sweetness and some warmth in the finish but the 13% ABV is pretty well masked. Complex and flavorful but definitely a sipper.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
markextrae (3330) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2015
small sample at the bottleshop. together with the other barrel version. poured a hazy dark amber colour with a few bubbles on top. nose of rotten fruits, burned caramel, tart. and sour grapes. beglian spiced yeast. malty. and wet cardboard. wine notes. unbalanced with again that strong alcoholic finish. bleh

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1266) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2015
A événement exceptionnel, bière exceptionnelle … Pour mon 1000 ème rating, je voulais une célébration digne de ce grand moment. Bien sûr, j’ai déjà dégusté cette bière, je connais sa valeur d’exception, ce n’est donc pas la première, et ce ne sera certainement pas la dernière !!! Bouteille sérigraphiée classe de 75 cl, avec bouchon de liège qualité diam, et médaille dorée. Couleur ambre roux, avec un léger voile. Bulles fines et lentes. Mousse beige crémeuse. Arômes de bois de fût, raisins de vendanges tardives, figues, dattes, pointe de miel. 1ère bouche souple à veloutée, à l’impression vineuse extrême. Arrière-bouche riche de mille nuances. 2ème avec des tannins superbes, et de la vendange tardive merveilleuse. Arrière-bouche longue et complexe. 3ème où le velouté de la texture accompagne les saveurs extraordinaires. Arrière-bouche d’un impact énorme. De la classe, de la super classe, de l’extra classe !! Longueur qui est un Everest de la bière, en passant par les sommets des Andes… Jambes huileuses, fines. Levure magnifique. Alcool qui est un pur modèle de ce qu’une bière peut faire, un cas d’école pour les amateurs de quadruple. Il ne s’agit pas bien sûr d’un accompagnement des saveurs, mais d’une direction énergique comme le ferait un super coach, avec un dosage des capacités de chacun (ici je te pousse la levure, ici je te pousse le malt, ici je te pousse le houblon …), et bien sûr de l’harmonie de l’ensemble avec la classe d’un chef d’orchestre de niveau mondial. Finale divine. CONCLUSION : une bière qui est un plus qu’une révélation, un petit miracle (ou un grand miracle, selon votre degré de croyance …). Cette bière ne peut être classée dans un chiffrement sur 10, et a fortiori sur 5 à l’américaine … , c’est un peu comme les cols du tour de France classés hors catégorie … Donc, puisque nous devons nous frotter avec les 5 de Ratebeer, nous dirons que cette bière vaut 3 fois un 5, ou pour parler plus simplement un 555 sur 100, rejoignant ainsi par exemple la Westmalle triple (ce qui est, nous l’avouerons sans problème, une référence ultime …).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Marduk (5848) - Reval, ESTONIA - OCT 2, 2015
750ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Murky brown color. Small size, white head, stays. Sour, acidic, apples, prunes in aroma. Prunes, sweetish, twiggy, minerals, apples, malty in taste. Papery sour aftertaste. So messy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
FatPhil (13032) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2015
750ml bottle (300e of overpriced beer tasting) - thanks martjoobolut!
Rubbery aroma, some apple, in fact cider. Harsh palate. Have I thrown up in my mouth, as this is so acidic, and really unpleasant. Some wininess, sharp and harsh. Not wine - champagne, and very harsh and acidic. A style I pretty much detest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (5280) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle in Brussels. Nice orange body with big head. Nose is sweet, grapes, malt and sourness. Taste lots of sugar, fruits and raisins. Some caramel and toffee. What a nice blend. Really well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (2701) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours amber with beige head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is sweet, malt, sourness, apricot, peach. Flavor is sweet, malt, fruits, apricots, peach, oak. Finish is sweet and bitter with some alcohol. Overall: great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (2717) - ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2015
Slightly hazy amber, small off-white head. Nose is fruity, tart vinous notes, some sugars, apple peel, figs. Flavor is sugars and malt, fruit notes, hop notes, dryness in the finish. Dry palate. Flavor is somewhat simplistic and empty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2923) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Slight golden pour. Big white head that subsides quickly. Little lacing. Nose is sugary sweet with some hops. Not very smooth in the mouth either. Not very rich as well. Taste is a very dry sweetness. Okay, but definitely not worth the money charged. Anywhere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (2048) - CROATIA - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle, 750 ml form Svijet Piva. Shared with Miro and JFK10000. Pours orange, off-white head. Sweet, caramel malts, ripe fruits, wood, some yeast, bit sourish, complex. Interesting and complex brew.

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